so i let Eric, Dr. Percival C. McGillicuddy do the legwork on this one. we did a trade and i got a bottle each of the Parley Street Sarsaparilla and Root Beer. it is indeed quite a confusing trail of mystery and bizarreness. i don’t get why it is all so secret though. the private/custom label business in general seems very protective. i know when i have tried to get info out of a couple of custom bottlers, they have entirely refused to tell me who they bottle for. it is not like i am going to steal the customer away or something. do they think i will bother their customer with requests for samples every 10 minutes? or perhaps they want to preserve the belief that perhaps the client makes their own soda right there on site? if so, the bottler wouldn’t be listed on the bottle. i just don’t know. oh well.
i do not know what “Parley Street” is really, which is the name of the client on the bottle i have here. it seems to be something to do with literature though as this was purchases at a book store it seems. no matter really. the design work is good, i approve of that aspect of it.
the flavor though i don’t love. it is a bit sour and just does not excite. i have tasted a similar flavor in a couple other sarsaparillas so i imagine there is the impression somewhere in the beverage world that that is what sarsaparilla is supposed to taste like. i disagree. although my vote counts for nothing in the end. i suppose the taste could be classified as “rooty” or “herbal” yet it does not go far enough on the hearty side or the subtle side to be yummy.
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|Type:||Sarsaparilla||Comes In:||12oz glass bottle|
|Available:||UT||Obtained in:||trade with Eric|
|Head:||Medium||Sweetener:||high fructose corn syrup|
Ingredients: carbonated water, high fructose corn syrup, natural & artificial sarsaparilla flavors, citric acid & preserved with sodium benzoate